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Women Must Act to Overcome Financial Challenges
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:09AM / Wednesday, March 08, 2017

International Women's Day, observed on March 8, celebrates the social, cultural and political achievements of women. Yet, women continue to face many challenges. For one thing, women still encounter gender-specific obstacles to their important financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement.

If you're a woman, what can you do to get past these barriers? First of all, you need to recognize them. Here are a few to consider:

* Longer life spans: A 65-year-old woman is expected to live, on average, another 20.5 years, compared to 17.9 years for a 65-year-old man, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. That’s another 2 1/2 years of life – and 2 1/2 years


North Adams Happenings: March 8-14
10:26AM / Wednesday, March 08, 2017
North Adams Happenings:
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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

North Adams School Committee Votes to Reconfigure District
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Superintendent Barbara Malkas answers questions at last Thursday's presentation about moving grades.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday approved a grade reconfiguration that will move Grade 7 to Drury High School.

The changes will also allow the school district to move the pre-kindergarten program out of Johnson School and into the three elementary schools.

"I really like the idea that they said it would be a team environment and that staff and faculty will be involved in how this shapes up," Mayor Richard Alcombright said of bringing of Grades 7 and 8 together. "I think what I'm most pleased about ... I think this gives us the


Congressman Tours Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:25PM / Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Congressman Welch later spoke at Bennington's Town Meeting and spoke at a class at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., on Tuesday.

BENNINGTON, Mass. — Green laser lines crisscrossed Dr. Matthew Vernon as he explained how Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center's linear accelerator uses precision targeting to treat cancer with radiation.

Where a typical radiation treatment takes 20 minutes or more, the oncologist said, "the machine can actually just rotate around the patient with the beam on and these stencils move in and out and shape the beam in real time so in one or two arcs we can treat the same thing in about four minutes."

"That's just


North Adams Third/Fourth Grade Girls on a Roll
07:57PM / Monday, March 06, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- North Adams Youth Basketball's third- and fourth-grade girls have three titles in four Berkshire County tournaments this winter.   The team, which will go to New Hampshire and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in the coming weeks, also placed second in the only other county tournament it entered this season.   The team is coached by Nate Cariddi, Chris LaCasse and Sean McGrath. Players include: Lyla Crews, Hannah LaCasse, Megan McGrath, Ava Cariddi, Isabella Moore, Jacinta Felix, Sadie Walden, Kai Daugherty and Brooke Reynolds.


Biz Briefs: March Is 'Massachusetts Maple Month'
02:26PM / Monday, March 06, 2017

How sweet it is: Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday declared March as "Massachusetts Maple Month" in an effort to support the commonwealth's many maple producers and encourage Massachusetts residents to purchase locally produced maple products. To kick off Maple Month, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner John Lebeaux joined local and agricultural officials at Steve’s Sugar Shack in Westhampton for a ceremonial sugar maple tree tapping.

Massachusetts is home to approximately 300 maple syrup producers, including many who are open to the public throughout the sugaring season. Last year more than 77,000 gallons of maple syrup was produced and


Berkshires Beat: Smoke Detectors Installed in Great Barrington Homes
01:08PM / Monday, March 06, 2017

Stay safe: The Great Barrington Fire Department partnered with the American Red Cross to provide free smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to residents in February. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Great Barrington firefighters installed smoke and CO detectors in 18 houses throughout town as part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, which aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from fires by 25 percent by 2020.

Additionally, as part of the campaign, members of the American Red Cross worked with the Great Barrington Fire Department to educate residents about fire safety while firefighters installed the smoke and CO detectors. Since launching the campaign in 2014,


Youth Basketball Tournament Finals Held
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
07:39PM / Sunday, March 05, 2017
Housatonic’s boys and Dalton’s and Mount Greylock’s girls won Berkshire County seventh- and eighth-grade travel basketball titles on Sunday afternoon.   The Housy boys defeated the Boys and Girls Club Black team, 57-47, in the all-county title game at Mount Greylock Regional School behind 17 points from Ty Higgins.   At McCann Tech, the Greylock girls defeated Lenox, 32-30, thanks to a nine-point performance from Abby Hugger to win the South Division title.   In the North Division final, Maria Gamberoni scored 13 points to lead Dalton to a 43-27 win over the Boys & Girls Club.   In the final game of a busy weekend in North County, Housatonic’s

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Police Looking For Missing North County Woman
Staff Reports,
05:29PM / Sunday, March 05, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Police are trying to located 39-year-old Joanne Ringer, who was last seen in Clarksburg on Thursday, March 2.   Ringer was believed to have left Clarksburg in a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta with Connecticut license plates - 5AA EX2 - and possibly heading to Easthampton.    She is described as a white, standing 5-feet 7-inches tall and weighing 130 lbs. She has brown eyes, but police say she could be wearing colored contacts, and has brown hair with purple streaks. She has several tattoos including the full length of her right arm. Specifically, she has a tattoo of a female image spanning from the elbow to the wrist and she has piercings on her face and


@theMarket: Markets Are Priced for Perfection
By Bill Schmick,
01:52PM / Saturday, March 04, 2017

What a week for stock investors! All the main averages and most of the minor indexes registered historic highs. No question, Donald Trump has been good for the markets. The question is when will investors begin to take profits?

Calling a top (or a bottom) in the markets is notoriously difficult. Granted, over the years I have been lucky and managed to catch a turn or two once or thrice. As readers know, once we hit 2,330 on the S&P 500 Index, I expected and still do expect some profit-taking. That doesn't mean you should panic nor do anything more than raise a little cash.

My strategy is to re-employ that cash as we pull back. The timing of such a move is always more of an art


The Independent Investor: Pet Trusts Are the Way to Go
By Bill Schmick,
05:09PM / Friday, March 03, 2017

If you have been avoiding a visit to an estate planning lawyer, despite the pleading of your spouse, your kids or grandkids, consider this: your pet's future well-being could be in jeopardy without a legal safeguard.

As I wrote in my last column, new legislation is surfacing in a number of states that recognizes our concern for our pets. Even though we consider our pets part of the household, legally, your pet is not considered a human. Instead, they are considered tangible property and, generally speaking, tangible property cannot be named as a beneficiary of a trust.

Many states, however, are allowing legally enforceable documents that can guarantee a pet's continuing care.


Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 28 - March 3.
Staff Reports,
02:45PM / Friday, March 03, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Feb. 27.   Albert Dumont, 46, of Great Barrington had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of rape of a child with force, and single counts of dissemination harmful matter to a minor, and intimidation of a witness.   He was released on personal recognizance. Dumont is accused of sexually assaulting a girl who is now age 11 in Lee between September 12, 2012 and April 1, 2016.    Brandon Green, 24, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed career felon, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended


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